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        The vast majority might say that trying to understand the impossible is a quixotic venture, at best. The reach to know our own enduring truths is something only the brave attempt.

        If we stay the course, one day we will move the un-movable mountain ; then the veils will fall away. Having touched the deepest reaches of ourselves, we will be authentic.

        In telling the story "The Tiger and the Goat," Joseph Campbell advises aganist not revealing too much of oneself. He says:

What you will have learned is through all the forms of the world, the one radiance of eternity shows itself. You can regard the appearance of the miracle of life in all these forms. ... When Hallaj or Jesus let the orthodox community know that they were tigers, they were crucified. And so the Sufis learned the lesson at the time with the death of Hallaj, around 900 A.D. And it is:   You wear the outer garment of the law; you behave like everyone else. And you wear the inner garment of the mystic way.





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